Transformation. Empowerment. Education. Healing.

Like the branches of a tree, our practitioners help you to blossom and grow.

Like the roots of a tree, they keep you grounded as you grow.​


Our Team

Our practitioners and teachers are deeply committed to holistic living and collaborative care. 

The work of healing, empowerment, education, and transformation can best be achieved with a community - a village - of practitioners, teachers, and fellow students who can guide us, provide us with treatment, hold us accountable, hold space for us and share ideas, triumphs and grief. ​Our team is dedicated to working collaboratively - with you and with each other!

Karina Beleno Carney

Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist & Tuina Practitioner

Founder & Director

Karina has been a student of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2001. The experience of watching her mother transform after both conventional and complementary medical treatment for cancer, helped to shift her focus from her pre-medical studies to holistic living, which led her (rather unexpectedly!) to acupuncture school. 

A graduate of the Groton School and Wellesley College, she received her Master’s degree from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine and also studied at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Teaching Hospital in China. Karina is a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine of the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) and a Certified Practitioner in TuiNa by the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA). 

Outside of her acupuncture practice, Karina enjoys spending time with her spouse and two young children, enjoys acting in the greater Boston area, and strives daily to learn, grow, transform and lead an authentic life. Karina habla español!

Sarah Walker

Licensed Massage Therapist

Sarah is a graduate from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, whose interest in massage began at the age of 14. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree from UMass Amherst, and is currently working on a Masters in Health and Wellness Management.

Sarah is deeply committed to healthy living which, in her words, "means providing the mind, heart, and body with plenty of nourishment and support to get out there and accomplish goals both tiny and big!" As a massage therapist, Sarah hopes to provide further help for her clients, and community, to achieve optimal health. Sarah’s massage style is slow and full of intention...her forte is deep relaxation and Oncology massage.

She profoundly believes in the healing properties of relaxation. In her free time, she enjoys being close to nature, working in the garden, trying new creations in the kitchen, training for endurance events and races, and hitting the trails with her husband and their scruffy dog Oliver (who often reminds them to "just let your ears flap")!​

Sheila Peters

Energy Medicine & Dance

Sheila Peters has been dancing professionally for over 35 years. Trained originally as a ballet dancer, Sheila began performing at age 18 with Concert Dance Co., MA, a modern dance company. Sheila was a founding member of the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance and has taught at universities, private studios and prep schools. She has directed and founded her own schools and performing companies and choreographed for many other performing groups. Sheila continues to develop dance and movement based workshops and classes that utilize the skills that dancers embody to help non-dancers improve both personal and working relationships and adapt to the accelerating pace of change both at home and at work.

She also helps individuals balance their energetic bodies through Reiki and Eden Energy Medicine one-on-one sessions and Stretch/Energy classes. Sheila holds a BA in Dance from UCSB, a MS in Leadership from Northeastern University, and is an Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, and wingWave © coach.

Francesca Verri

Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coach

Francesca Verri is a life architect and Paleo-living advocate, who uses her certification in holistic health coaching and more than 17 years as a professional organizer to help women juggling family, work, and life see what is cluttered, unbalanced and unwell. Francesca’s hands-on organizing and holistic health coaching helps clients become more organized in their space and life, and make the best lifestyle choices for their optimal well being and peace of mind.

Meghan Smith

Mindfulness & Meditation

Meghan Trask Smith will be an iBme certified mindfulness meditation teacher in June. She has maintained a consistent meditation practice for the last six years and has been incorporating mindfulness into her English classes at Lawrence Academy since 2016. In addition to teaching English and mindfulness, Meghan is pursuing her MFA in poetry. She has two young children that reveal the benefits of mindfulness through their own luminous presence.

Meghan believes that attention to the connections between body, mind, thoughts, and emotions can bring powerful change to the way we relate to our loved ones, our community, and the world as a whole. She will be offering group mindfulness classes, evening meditations, and hopes to begin offering 1-on-1 mindfulness sessions after her certification is complete.

Jacyntha Kamor

Life Transformation Coach, Energy Healer

Spinal Awakening and Higher Brain Living Facilitator

Jacyntha Kamor is a transformational life coach and energy healer. She is committed to increasing health and wellness for the whole spectrum of our lives, from the mystical to the material. Through her years of in-depth work with a global clientele, and her passion for research and education, plus the continuous honing of her skills, Jacyntha has carefully developed her craft to facilitate powerful transformation in body, mind and spirit.

Jacyntha is committed to helping heal trauma, to teaching the power of gentle self-care, to revealing the authentic soul self, and to learning how to gracefully move through personal and global change. She is excited to bring her natural gifts combined with 30 years of extensive training and experience to help you restore emotional harmony, develop optimal physical health, integrate your spirituality with sexual energy, express your authentic self, tap into your creative brilliance, and liberate your full presence and potential.

Shagufta Rahman

Yoga Instructor

Shagufta first came to yoga during college, taking classes as they were available. This basic introduction to yoga was enough for her to pursue a more regular practice and during this time she came across one of her mentors Barbara Rich of Kripalu who taught a very meditative, breath-focused sequence that resonated deeply with Shagufta. This foundation of breath-work would become a guiding light for her during a time of loss in her family and helped her begin her journey into a formal training of mind and body. Yoga saved her!

Shagufta completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Fluid Yoga certification program under Kevin Gale and his extraordinary team of teachers in May 2016. She is now very excited to share the psychological and physical benefits of Yoga with those around her as a registered teacher under Yoga Alliance. While her classes are technically in the style of Vinyasa Flow, her Yin approach to teaching encourages focusing on mindfulness and breath, and she hopes her classes can serve as a restorative time for body, mind & spirit.

Barbara Rich

Yoga Instructor

Barbara J. Rich, M.Ed. received her Kripalu Yoga teacher training certification at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA.

She has found that F.E.A.R is often False Evidence Appearing Real. Through the ancient practices of meditation, mindfulness and Yoga, all of us can change our brain circuitry. She intends to stay totally healthy until she can’t get up from Downward Facing Dog!

Born in 1934, Barbara intends to be the oldest Yoga/Meditation/Authentic Living teacher in Massachusetts!

Annemarie Nagle

Essential Oils Advocate and Nutrition Health Coach

Annemarie Nagle is an Essential Oils Advocate who is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys educating people on how to incorporate essentials oils into their daily life. Her goal is to help anyone who wants to switch to safer products and embrace a healthier, non-toxic lifestyle.

Born and raised in Ireland, Annemarie came to the United States in 1995, after graduating from University College Cork with Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology. In 2016, Annemarie earned her Nutrition Health Coach certificate at Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she learned innovative coaching methods and practical lifestyle management techniques based on the bio-individuality theory – that there’s no one right diet that works for everyone, all of the time.

Annemarie lives on Newgrange Farm in Bolton where she and her family raise goats, chickens and bees. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, animals, making essential oil-infused goat milk soaps, yoga, cycling, and hiking. You might even see Annemarie and her goats on local trails! 

Lynn Denault

Licensed Massage Therapist

Lynn is a Massachusetts Licensed Massage Therapist, avid hiker and artist that specializes in deep tissue techniques. Lynn has been providing client centered therapeutic massage treatments since 2012.

Lynn’s journey began as a middle school science teacher, and after years of teaching decided to learn about massage. She attended The Massage School in Acton. Lynn was thrilled to get back to her biology roots explore her passion for human anatomy as well as furthering her knowledge in both pathology and kinesiology. She continues to learn and expand her knowledge of deep tissue techniques, and incorporates them with relaxation methods in order to provide an overall massage that relaxes the clients with an emphasis on improving muscle tissue for healing. 

When not working with clients Lynn enjoys spending time with her daughter and fiancé, as they love to explore the great outdoors, and frequently go hiking and camping.

Melissa Finkler

Yoga Instructor and Reiki Healer

Melissa has been practicing Yoga and Reiki since 1996 when she was in high school. Through high school, college, graduate school and 10 years working in higher education, yoga has been the one thing consistently able to help Melissa stay grounded and focused. She believes that yoga, when practiced regularly, can have a profound influence on your life emotionally, mentally and physically.

Using the power of Reiki when assisting, Melissa hopes to magnify the healing power of both Reiki and Yoga. Melissa completed her 200 hour training through Finding Inner Peace and has also completed levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Radiant Child Yoga Teacher Training. She loves sharing yoga with adults and children. Melissa hopes to see you on the mat soon.

Elena Beleno Carney

Operations Officer

Elena Beleno Carney is a holistic health enthusiast, who is thrilled to be on the Life Gate Holistic Living Center, Inc., team. Elena is a full-time faculty member at Lawrence Academy. She believes education is a foundation for all choices that foster self-empowerment and success. As a former competitive athlete and attorney, she has directly benefited from holistic health practices to improve her life.

Her role at Life Gate Holistic Living Center, Inc., will be utilizing her management skills and understanding of compliance issues to ensure a healthy, safe environment for practitioners and clients alike. Calling on a range of experience, from working in a customer service call center to mediating a legal dispute, Elena enjoys helping a team run smoothly and pleasantly. She earned her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and strives to create a positive community not only at Life Gate Holistic Living Center, Inc., but also in the town of Groton and beyond. When not at work, Elena enjoys playing with her children, playing hockey, going to the movies, and watching the Patriots.

Vanessa Ahlgren

Office Manager

Vanessa has been in design and marketing since 1992. She has a BFA in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Before choosing to stay at home with her son, she worked as a lead project manager for an invitation and stationery software company. Her keen sense of organization and "get it done with a smile!" attitude, keeps the behind the scenes operations of the center flowing.

In her free time Vanessa enjoys learning to play the piano, making art, and spending as much time as possible with her family.